A car that becomes a guest room and an intelligent lawn mower show how mobility blends into living spaces
Honda exhibited four mobility concepts aimed at helping families spend more time together. The Tokyo Connected Lab 2017 at the Tokyo Motor Show included a mockup house that showed how each of these concepts integrated with a future living environment that houses a multigenerational family.
A core component of the house is the leMobi Concept, a vehicle that can dock to the home and become an additional living space.
The interior of the house showed a partial living space and mainly how the leMobi Concept extends the interior space.
To support the exhibit, Honda released a short animated film showing some use scenarios for each of the concepts.
Honda IeMobi Concept
Part vehicle, part room, leMobi can connect to a home and share both electricity and entertainment content. It can be driven with a traditional steering wheel and pedals or get to a destination autonomously. The van-like design can act like a guest room or pantry when attached to the house. It can be an on-the-go social space for family members on the road for a short trip or weekend shopping.
Honda FureMobi Concept
Fostering a connection between two people is the idea behind the FureMobi Concept. It is a short distance electric vehicle designed with a unique two seat layout. The FureMobi could find use as a substitute for a wheelchair or a shared vehicle for running short distance errands.
Honda ChairMobi Concept
The ChairMobi is like an evolved Segway. Honda sees this concept as a compact and maneuverable last mile vehicle to shorten commutes. It has a seat that can height adjust to be at chair level or raise up to put riders at eye-level with other pedestrians.
Honda Ai-Miimo Concept
This is an artificially intelligent autonomous lawn mower. Honda sees the Ai-Miimo Concept as moving a household tool to the next level by giving it a personality and making it a member of the family. It takes care of a chore freeing up time the family to be together.